Bedlam: London And Its Mad by Catharine Arnold

The word Bedlam became part of common usage as a slang word for chaos, anarchy and mess, but was originally a well known hospital for those suffering from mental illness. It was established in 1247 and existed at different sites til the 1930’s. It’s history is the history of the treatment for people who were…

She Who Fights Monsters by Kyoko M

The second book in the Black Parade series, Jordan and the angel Michael are finally together, but when Seers all over the world start to turn up dead, they must work together and team up with the demon Belial to stop the end of the world. With Belial intent on destroying their relationship and a…

MOTD: A Marc Jacobs Beauty Look

Through the lovely people at Influenster UK, I was invited to head to the Marc Jacobs Beauty counter at John Lewis in Oxford Street, London, to try out their products and have my makeup done. It was really fun, and I liked their products, and since a lot of you were asking for details over…

Nightingale Wood by Stella Gibbons

If you’ve read Cold Comfort FarmΒ you’ll be familiar with Stella Gibbons. She wrote about 25 books, of which it was her most well known work, and though forgotten for many years, she’s having a bit of a revival lately. Written in 1938, Nightingale Wood is a romance set in Essex. It largely follows Viola, a…

Tiny Letter: The Decline Of The Magazine

This post first appeared on TinyLetter.com, which is a service which I use to send more personal letter-like mailings to my readers. It’s a look into the more personal side of my life, so you have to be signed up to read them. All you need is an email address to get on this mailing…

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

History tends to demonise Thomas Cromwell as being a dark figure, perhaps jealous of his betters due to his own low birth, and who abused his power and stopped at nothing to dissolve the monasteries. But in this book, history is told from his perspective, and we see a dynamic and loyal man, who was…

Shopping Haul: What I Bought In Italy

There are certain things in every country that make them a shopping destination. On my recent trip through Italy, I did a little shopping myself, and bought a few of the things that Italy does so well, including leather goods and murano glass. I’m a bit in love with my purchases, and wanted to share…

Big Cherry Holler by Adriana Trigiani

I was drawn in by the cover of this book, with it’s country house wall and a window reflecting the mountains. It’s the story of Ave Maria, a woman who thought that she’d always be single, and who has married the love of her life. Living with her husband and daughter in the hills of…